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Ian McKellen: The Hobbit films are exceptionally good

DanielLB
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Oct 30 2012, 11:02am

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Ian McKellen: The Hobbit films are exceptionally good Can't Post

The BBC have a very brief interview with Ian McKellen. He states:


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"I've seen enough of it to know it's going to be just as exciting as Lord of the Rings," he said.

"In fact in some senses it's more exciting because it's in three dimensions [..]


This is great news, in my opinion. And nice to see such a positive attitude to the films.

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There are no spoilers, but thought people may be interested.

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emre43
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Oct 30 2012, 11:09am

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To be fair he's hardly going to say it's terribly boring, don't bother coming to see them folks [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Oct 30 2012, 11:09am

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Any story with a talking purse can only be amazing... [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Thorins_apprentice
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Oct 30 2012, 11:16am

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Kili's hair [In reply to] Can't Post

Kili's hair will save this movie and it's looking great.Gimli had his hair tied up the same (from the back) like Kili does in Lord of the Rings.Wink
Anyone else notice this.Even on the game War in the North you have the option to have Farins hair like that.It;s a minor detail but it is what i noticed and it is representative of a true Dwarf.Laugh

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DanielLB
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Oct 30 2012, 11:23am

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Compare to these 2 interviews [In reply to] Can't Post

Here and here.

This is a lot more positive than both combined.

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DanielLB
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Oct 30 2012, 11:24am

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If only! / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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imin
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Oct 30 2012, 11:42am

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To be fair neither were really about the content of the film [In reply to] Can't Post

One was an actor saying he doesnt really think 3d is very good. The other was the actor analysing his own performance.

Its not like either said, i hope this film is good but secrectly i think its going to suck, lol.

What was Ian meant to say? If he is a fan of 3D which i am (though not too many seem to be) then he is going to say he likes it. He will never say, oh this is so much worse than my last time being gandalf, dont bother with this one guys, lol.

It is nice to know there is one actor who likes the 3D, though im sure most do just havent publicly said so - give it a month and we will know how every one of them thinks this film is the best thing they have ever done! :)


dormouse
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Oct 30 2012, 11:58am

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Oh bless.... I come in here when I want a good chuckle... [In reply to] Can't Post

When he says he doesn't know what it's like, he hasn't seen it yet, it sets off a whole train of 'worry' threads - 'why isn't he promoting the film, is this a sign that something's wrong, is this worrying'....

But when he says he likes it, someone has to add 'well, he would say that, wouldn't he'!

(Not getting at you, the contrast just amused me Wink )


emre43
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Oct 30 2012, 1:08pm

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I'm just saying, it's true though isn't it? He has a duty to promote the film that he has taken part in. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


DanielLB
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Oct 30 2012, 1:22pm

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Good points imin :-) / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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dormouse
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Oct 30 2012, 1:48pm

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I don't know that he has a duty to promote it, as such [In reply to] Can't Post

It's the film company that organises the promotion, though they might ask the actors to be interviewed or make appearances at promotional events. Tell me it's in his interest to promote the film and I'd be more likely to agree - tho' someone like Ian McKellen would be wily enough, I reckon, to keep his head down if he really didn't like it. And after the event I've heard plenty of actors say that film x or film y wasn't their finest hour....

But you do see what I mean, don't you? Seems to me that whatever the actors say in praise of the film, someone here will assure us that we can't take that seriously, because.....


Voronwë_the_Faithful
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Oct 30 2012, 1:52pm

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It wouldn't be that significant except for the fact that ... [In reply to] Can't Post

... whenever one of the actors says anything that can even remotely be considered unenthusiastic, people jump all over it.

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imin
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Oct 30 2012, 2:13pm

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When the planets align and pigs fly, i can occasionally make an alright post! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Ardamírë
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Oct 30 2012, 2:57pm

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Glad to hear that [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad Ian says it's just as exciting as LOTR. It's no secret I've got mixed feelings going into these movies.

And 3D - I'm hoping to be able to see 3D 48fps at some point. I don't like regular 3D, but I'm hoping this may win me over.

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emre43
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Oct 30 2012, 3:17pm

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Haha, I didn't by any means say you can't take it seriously. I just said he's saying exactly what he should be saying, especially considering there is more filming to do next year. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Shelob'sAppetite
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Oct 30 2012, 3:42pm

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There's an obvious and logical reason for that [In reply to] Can't Post

Which is that it is very abnormal for an actor in a film to sound unenthusiastic about a film he or she is in. When we do see this happen, occasionally, it is usually for films that have been widely panned.

So, for me it is better news to see McKellen sound more enthusiastic this time. Perhaps he has seen almost the entire film, and determined that it will not hurt his reputation to state that they are good. It's a good sign.

But, of course, it may also be that Ian has been made aware that it is the final stretch of buzz creation, and as a gentleman and friend to PJ, is doing his duty.

In any event, it is a tad encouraging.


Tim
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Oct 30 2012, 6:14pm

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Objects of curiosity [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that for those who are interested in others' perspective, particularly of those involved in the process of making the movies, this is intriguing information.

But, in reality, it's no more than that. As usual, we will all make up our own minds after we've seen the film.

I'm glad he digs it, though. Smile

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Captain Salt
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Oct 30 2012, 6:27pm

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Agreed with the sentiments that actors usually don't spread negativity about their own projects [In reply to] Can't Post

 before (or even after), they've seen release...however, also agreed that Ian giving it his approval seems like a good sign, as he seems the type to say nothing if possible rather than saying something unpleasant.

Then again, anyone know if Ian ever went on record concerning X-Men 3 prior to its release? Tongue

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Black Breathalizer
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Oct 31 2012, 10:03am

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Sir Ian [In reply to] Can't Post

I expect the Hobbit movies to be good too. But it's hard to take an actor's comments as genuine when his contract includes a percentage of the films' profits.


Elenorflower
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Oct 31 2012, 1:12pm

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they can only make semi-enthusiastic noises [In reply to] Can't Post

at the moment. I bet none of the actors have seen the finished edit yet, so they can only comment on the 'bits' they have seen.

 
 

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